Brisco  McPherson

Athletic Director emeritus

Brisco McPherson headshot



Degree Institution Year
M.Ed. University of Central Oklahoma 1984
B.A. University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma 1976


Brisco McPherson has been a full-time member of the Science & Arts faculty since 1980.  He is currently serving on two University committees.  McPherson became Science & Arts’s athletic director in 2002.

For the next 11 years, he served as both athletic director and head men's basketball coach before stepping down from basketball following the 2012-13 season.

Finishing up his 22nd season as head coach this year, McPherson collected 309 wins in his tenure. He earned his 300th in a January upset over No. 9 Rogers State. At the beginning of last season, he was the 22nd Winningest Active Coach in the NAIA.

In November of 2012, McPherson was inducted into the Science & Arts Athletic Hall of Fame, and that same day, the Science & Arts Fieldhouse floor was dedicated to him and renamed Brisco McPherson Court.

As head coach, McPherson took the Drovers to six NAIA National Championship tournament appearances, including back-to-back trips to the final game in the early 2000s. In 2002, the Drovers claimed the school’s only NAIA National Title.

He has won four conference Coach of the Year awards and holds school records for the best regular season (29-3) and most wins in a season (29), both set in the 2000-01 season. With him as coach, the Drovers have claimed four conference titles.

McPherson has been involved with the university nearly the entire 40 years of its athletic programs. Playing on the first men’s basketball team at the college, then the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, McPherson still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in scoring, shooting percentage and rebounds. Additionally, he was the school’s second member of the 1,000-Point Club.

McPherson graduated from Science & Arts in 1976 with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology. He received his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1984.

Over the years, McPherson also coached men’s tennis for a short time. For 11 years before taking over as head coach, he was an assistant of the men’s basketball program at Science & Arts. Only three of the last 40 years did McPherson spend away from the institution.

Brisco will serve as the athletic director emeritus until July 1, 2022.